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Moon Township, PA – Bryant outscored Quinnipiac 6-2 in the second half, including 4-1 in the fourth quarter, to defeat the Bobcats 11-6 and punch its ticket to the Northeast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game on Sunday, May 6, at Joe Walton Stadium.
The Bulldogs, who improved to 13-4 with the win, will face defending champion Mount St. Mary’s, which defeated top-seeded Robert Morris, 16-15, in overtime earlier this afternoon. Quinnipiac, meanwhile, ended its season with a 3-11 record.
Despite the Bulldogs’ second-half effort, it was a much closer affair in the first after a 40-minute lightning delay that saw the teams head into the locker room with Bryant favoring a 2-1 advantage. BU added to that lead once play resumed, making it a 3-1 game. QU answered back though, scoring the next three goals to turn the tables and take a 4-3 lead with 13:17 to play in the second.
However, with time dwindling down after the 10-minute mark, Bryant started to set the table for its second-half run, scoring once at 9:26 and again at 4:04.
Junior Cody Isdaner (Gladwyne, PA/Episcopal Academy) and senior Max Weisenberg (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) scored two goals and totaled three points apiece to highlight an offense that saw eight players contribute to the 11-goal effort. Freshman Brian Schlansker (Glenville, NY/Niskayuna) also scored twice, and sophomore Dan Sipperly (Greenwich, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) had a one-goal, one-assist effort.
In net, senior Jameson Love (Darien, CT/Darien), the 2012 NEC Defensive Player of the Year, made eight saves, including several from close range. He was especially good in the second half, stopping three shots in the third quarter and three more in the fourth.
For the Bobcats, Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, MA/Hingham) led the offense with two goals, while freshman Michael Sagl (Towson, MD/Calvert Hall) had two assists. Freshman Dylan Torrey (Darien, CT/Darien) matched his counterpart and former high school teammate Love with eight saves.
Overall, Bryant outshot Quinnipiac 33-24 and held a 37-18 advantage in ground balls. Freshman Kevin Massa (Huntington, NY/Elwood John Glenn) contributed eight of those ground balls while taking faceoffs, winning 15 of his 20 attempts.